Guest Blog Post: New Runner’s Mistakes

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Hey guess what?  I got my running mojo back.  The foot and Achilles is healed and I am green lighted to start running again!  This is great news since pain isn’t really my thing, but triathlons are, so I’m back to hitting the pavement again.

I’m lucky to have a great resource here in the blog community, and since it’s been FOUR MONTHS since I last ran, I reached out to my girl Ashley over at http://www.chocolatemedals.com/ for some newbie advice.  She just KILLED a half marathon, and managed to train for it without getting injured, with maintaining a healthy balance, and with lots and lots of chocolate and pizza!

Check out her super informative info below on the top 5 mistakes new runners make, and how people like me can start a running plan and be successful!

 

Hello to all of Nicole’s friends and fans :).  My name is Ashley and I blog over at chocolatemedals.com, where I go on and on about my love for running, chocolate, healthy living, and pretty much anything sweet.

Funny enough Nicole’s blog was one of the first that I found when I started my own blog.  I instantly fell in love with her passion for a healthy lifestyle, specifically her focus on Cross Fit, something I have YET to try and am endlessly amazed by.

Admittedly, I’m no pro but have tackled a few missteps (pun intended) in my running journey to date.  Since I have no shame, I thought it might be fun to share some of these with Nicole and her readers in hopes that it keeps some of you from making the same mistakes!

So here in no particular order, are the New Runner’s Mistakes that I have been guilty of (and unfortunately know many others who have shared in my pain!)

Mistake 1:  Don’t have the proper gear: ESPECIALLY Shoes.

When I started running about a year and a half ago, I picked up an old pair of Puma’s from the bottom of my closet.  They were 3 or 4 years old, and probably weighed  2 lbs each.  This, my friends, was my first running mistake.

Running shoes aren’t cheap.  BUT they don’t have to be ridiculously expensive either and they are the best investment you will ever make.  Especially if you enjoy running AND having toenails.    After about 2 months, when I decided I kind of liked this running thing and wanted an ACTUAL pair of shoes, I went to one of those specialty stores that everybody talks about and met with the pros about  what shoes they recommended.  Best idea I ever had.  I never knew how miserable I had been running in those old Puma’s, and within a week of owning those shoes I went from running 3 miles to signing up for my first half.  It made THAT much of a difference.

Mistake 2:  You Don’t Fuel Properly

Ok so this one can go multiple ways.

One:  Have you ever heard of runner’s trots?  Well if you haven’t, they’re exactly what they sound like.  Think about this.  You go out to eat at your favorite Mexican restaurant (love me some Mexican food).  You demolish a thing of chips and salsa, AND your entire quesadilla.  Now try and run after, or even tomorrow morning.  It will NOT be pretty.  Make sure there are porta potties on your route for this one.

Put simply: Eat simply before a long run.  Think good balance of carbs and protein.

Second: If you’re training for DISTANCE, you need to fuel specifically for your long runs.  The general rule of thumb is anything over 60 minutes, you need to ingest carbohydrates and simple sugars for your body to burn.  Now I’ve tried many things: Gu’s, gels, blocks, candy, protein bars.  It really is trial and error for each person — that’s one of the great aspects of long training cycles.  You can test out different fuels, and figure out what your body likes.  Personally, I prefer real food. I’m all about bars and candy — but that’s me.

Mistake 3:  The 10% rule

Again, primarily for people training, but it really does pertain to ANYONE wanting to start a running regimen.  The 10% rule states that you up your mileage PER WEEK by NO MORE than 10% each week.  So think about it.  If you are training for a half, and you run 3 short runs per week with one long run per week, then you shouldn’t be upping your long run by any more than ONE MILE PER WEEK.  And for Fulls, I think the general rule is 2 miles per week, tops.

I’d say stick to this with shorter distance as well.  Running is high impact, and if you want to enjoy and continue running, you’ve gotta up the mileage slowly.  Otherwise you’re asking for a runner’s worst nightmare: Injury.  Been there. Done that.

Mistake 4:  You Go Out Too Fast

Just like with anything else, you’ve got to pace yourself with running.  This one is probably the hardest for me where I’m at in my own running currently.  This is especially important when you are trying to ADD mileage, whether it’s for a marathon or a 5k.  A lot of us are full of energy and excited when we go out, so we go out strong, only to BONK a quarter or half way through our run.

It’s important, especially while you’re training or trying to up mileage, that you conserve your energy for those later miles.  I’ve heard a lot of people actually say to plan to go out slower than your goal pace, and save your energy for the end.  It’s called “negative splits” in runner’s lingo:  your miles get quicker as you go.  That’s something a lot of runners go out trying to achieve — but it takes pacing yourself in the beginning, when it’s most important!

Mistake 5:  You Stress Out!

Really, running should be fun.  It’s a challenge for me every single time I go out, but I love it.  If you are wanting to try and get into running or racing, the most important thing I would remind you to do is remember why you started, and just enjoy the journey.  We all have bad runs, and we all have good runs.  And unfortunately they don’t come on schedule. . . but try and NEVER forget to enjoy the ride!  Because I’m telling you, that runner’s high is worth it every single time!

And that, my friends, are my 5 Common New Runner’s Mistakes.  Now lace up your shoes, and get out there. . . and tell me all about your run! 🙂

11.12.2013 Workouts

Crossfit:

The alarm went off this morning and I turned it off, got right out of bed, and went straight to Crossfit.

At least, that’s what I dreamt that I did.  In fact, I turned it off and dozed back off for 15 minutes before I sat bolt upright in bed and realized I had fallen back to sleep.

I ended up 5 minutes late, and I hate being late SO much (pet peeve of mine) that I almost considered not going.  But once I was in the parking lot I didn’t have much of a choice.

Coach was actually pretty cool about it, no burpee punishment or anything like that.  The only thing I missed was the warm up lap.

Warm up:  The usual.  I did a minute on the airdyne and then jumped in with everyone else.

SWOD:  Jerk Technique
2×3 @ 33
3×3@ 53

The point of today was to really work on our split jerk technique.  Getting under the bar and being stable while we’re there.

This actually went really well for me.  I used to have a lot of issues getting low enough, but not so much anymore.  I do need to concentrate to get my feet wide enough when I split though, otherwise I get wobbly.

Coach let it slip that tomorrow are 1 RM clean and jerks.  We rarely do 1 RM anything, so I’m going to try to change around my schedule so that I can go in the morning.  I know I can clean 85, and I know I can get it overhead… I wonder if I can do more?

WOD:
20-15-10-5
Push Ups
Toes to bar
Back Squat

Score: 11:24 @ k2e and 53 lbs

I really REALLY didn’t want to use weight on this workout.  My legs are already a bit sore this week, but after debating with myself up until about a minute before we started the WOD, I went ahead and added 10s to each side.

In hindsight I’m glad I did.   It was challenging, but not so much so that I struggled in a way I didn’t expect.  I know not every day will be a PR, and that it’s important to push myself, but I’m still working on understanding my body to know just how far I can push before things start getting cranky.

Swim:

Again immediately following Crossfit I went to the gym for some quality time in the chlorine.

Apparently, they are having some issues with the sauna and it smelled like something literally DIED in there.  Honestly, every time I went to breathe it smelled and tasted like I was sucking on a moldy pee covered penny.  It wouldn’t surprise me if the “issue” they were having with the sauna was that someone peed in it.

Ew.  So gross.  People are so gross.

Anyway, the swim today was supposed to be an endurance workout.  And it technically was, though I couldn’t bring myself to actually stop swimming and breathe with my head above water for any significant amount of time so it ended up:

1x1500m in about 30 minutes

Yeah, no sets or anything.  Lame.

Here’s hoping they have that fixed tomorrow!

Run: PLANNED

Not sure how my day is going to go today and I may not have time to update this but I wanted to log the run I have planned over lunch as I pinky promise I will do it.

It should come out to be around 1.7 miles in about 20-25 minutes.  The plan is to just run a quick lap around the business park where I work.  Since I’ve only recently started running again, I want to keep them sort and easy to get my body used to it.  Obviously, coming from zero mileage base at the moment, this means 2-3 miles at a time tops.

Not that kinda threesome

I have a secret.

I added swimming into my training a few weeks back.  Ya’ll already know that I ride 3-4x per week.  And I might have tried running a few times over the past few week s (pain free!) as well.

So yeah.  If you’re not a total idiot you realize what that means.

I’m officially tri-training.

triathlon easy

It’s funny because, when I started Crossfit over a year ago, I did it because I didn’t want to do triathlons any longer.  I had done several, then let myself get incredibly out of shape and overweight for a year and a half.  When I finally snapped out of it and looked to add exercise back into my routine, doing any of the tri sports just felt wrong.  I was so slow, so fat, and so out of shape.  It was disheartening to know what I used to be able to accomplish was so far outside of my grasp.

So I started Crossfit.  I had never picked up a heavy weight in my life, had absolutely no previous experience with any of the moments, and therefore had nothing to compare myself to.

And I loved it.  Still do.

But lately, I’ve been having that itch to go the distance again with the SBR.  I hopped in the pool after over a year off and found that I hadn’t lost it.  It took a few tries to get my stroke back and to not eat giant facefulls of water every time I tried to breathe, but I loved it just like I used to.  Not only that, I haven’t lost much speed.

I am a stronger cyclist now than I ever was as a triathlete.  Amazing how actually riding with other cyclists (something that was unheard of during my previous tri training) has made me stronger, faster, and better at not falling over at stop signs.

And running.  Well, that’s running.  It likely will always be my biggest limiter, but what better reason to train than weakness than to register for an event in which I will have to do it?

I have a spring race in mind and my schedule laid out through the end of December.  I’ll be swimming 3x/week, biking 3-4x/week and running 2x/week (need to be nice to the foot at first), along with going to Crossfit on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I’m going to start posting all my training under my daily dated posts so that I can keep it all in one place, so be prepared for some changes over the next few months.

And hopefully, some hilarious stories to go along with this insane plan.

11.7.2013

Interesting morning at CF.  We changed things up a bit, but it still ended up being a great workout.

Warm up:  I ran I ran I rannnnn!  And man it sucked.  Try not running for 3+ months and then run 400m.  It’s awful.  But the foot felt great, so I didn’t question it.  Rest of the usual stuff.

WOD:  The Bucs Challenge Workout 1

So I signed up for a fitness challenge.  Actually, I signed up to go and do one workout, get eliminated and start drinking by 9 a.m., then go to a football game to watch the shitty ass Bucs lose with all my favorite Crossfit peeps.

But yeah, there’s that workout thing.

So this morning we did a run through of the first workout of the Challenge.  I didn’t actually want to practice it ahead of time, but now that it’s done I’m glad I did.

7 minute AMRAP
40 burpees
100m shuttle run
30 air squats
100m shuttle run
20 push ups
100m shuttle run
max burpees with remaining time

Score:  I made it 12 push ups in.  Frankly, this was WAY farther than I thought I would get.  Fun little WOD.

Cool Down: 800m run

Again, did it with no pain!!!  I mean, other than my lungs feeling like they were going to fly out my chest and splat on the pavement.

So I guess this means I’m back to running.

SWOD: Strict Press 5×3
1×10@ 33 warm up
1×3@ 53
1×3@63
2×3@68

Um, I guess I missed my 5th set?  We were all screwed up this morning, so I’m happy to have gotten any SWOD in at all.

Happy with this weight.  Yeah, I’ve been stuck here forever, but it’s going up easier and easier.

9.9.2013

Skipped 6 a.m. and considered skipping all together because the WOD made me think being waterboarded would be fun.  Coach called out the “cherry pickers” on the website around mid-day, which of course meant I had to go.  Couldn’t allow myself to be called out like that.  Damn it.

Went to 5:30 p.m. along with a million other people.  Evidently I wasn’t the only one who felt called out as I really do think this was record attendance.

SWOD:  Deadlift 4×3
1×10 @ 63 warm up
1×5@ 83 warm up
1×3@ 113
1×3@ 133
1×3@ 143 (PR!)
1×3 @ 133

So I managed 1 set at 143, but when I set up for the second one, I could only get it off the ground once.  As 143 was my previous 1 RM I didn’t want to do too much on a Monday before a long WOD, so I stepped it back to do the last set.

Still exciting.

WOD:

3 RFT
800 m run/ 1000 m row
1 minute plank hold

Time:  Don’t remember- 15 something I think

My right Achilles/heel is a total mess right now.  It went from being sore to outright pain, which likely means whatever injury I had that plagued me for a few months earlier this year is back.  Bummer.  I’m going to have to go and get it looked at methinks, and I hate that.

The good news is, rowing doesn’t aggravate it at all.  I was one of 10 or so who was rowing, so it wasn’t a lonely workout at all.

But that didn’t change the fact that it sucked.  There is nothing fun about that much time on the rower.

Good news was, I kept a really consistent pace the entire time.  I started pulling around 2:10/500 and ended my last 1000m at 2:14/500.  I was a little nervous that I had started out too strong, but I didn’t struggle any more than I expected to keep the pace.  I was struggling in my lungs more than my body by the end.

I also think I goofed the plank on the first round.  I thought it was 1 minute off the rower whether you were holding the plank or not, so I probably did about 30 seconds total of plank and the rest spent panting on all 4s.

When I hopped back on the rower though I realized that people who had finished rowing before me were still toughing out their plank hold.  I felt kind of bad, as it was then clear that it was supposed to be 1 minute of total plank hold regardless of how long it took you with breaks.  I corrected it for the last two.

I suck at plank holds.

Despite all my complaining, I’m glad I went.  I always love the way I feel when it’s over, and it’s always exciting to realize I’m getting stronger than I realized.

8.15.2013

Have plans for tonight so I HAD to get out of bed this morning.  Two workouts back to back on less than 12 hours of rest is not ideal.  I have a feeling that walking tomorrow might be more challenging than usual.

Warm Up:  The usual.  My glutes and quads are sore from yesterday.  My right achillies is still killing me too.   Spent some extra time on my calf and rolling it all out this morning.

SWOD: Push Press 3×8
Warm Up: 1×5 strict press, 1×5 push press @ 33
1×8 @ 53
1×8@ 63
1×6 @ 73
1×2@ 73

Sets of 8 are hard.  I love push press, and recently worked up to 83 on this lift for a short set (of 3 I think).  I’ve gained strength since then, so I was hopeful I could get thru the set at 73.  Close, but no cigar.   EVERY TIME I feel this lift get heavy and think that I’m going to fail my rib cage comes up and I arch my back.  I even feel myself doing it.  On rep 6 of that set I corrected it and completed the rep.  Couldn’t seem to fix it on rep 7 though.  Form is really the key here, need to keep practicing.

WOD:

3 RFT
10 hang power clean
7 shoulder to overhead any way
Run 400 m

Time: 13:26 (I think) at 53 lbs

YAY for clean and shoulder to overhead.  I love love love both these movements.  I’m also really proud of myself as I considered doing this at 43 lbs so that I wouldn’t finish last, but went ahead and loaded up the barbell with weight I knew I was capable of.  I finished last, but who cares?  It was a great WOD.

I had a great moment on the last lap of the run with a few classmates.  There were three of us, and we were all struggling.  I stopped to walk for a minute and got some encouragement and coaching from one of them.  He stopped to walk shortly after and I gave the cheers right back to him.  In the end the three of us sprinted it in together and finished within a few seconds of eachother.  Very cool to have that kind of support around you when you’re suffering.

31 Heroes on 8.3.2013

Doing work at the new box.
Doing work at the new box.

When it was announced a few weeks back that we would be doing the 31 Heroes WOD as the first Saturday workout at the new box, I honestly didn’t think I would do it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of the hero WOD’s.  Everyone has their story of someone they knew and lost when they were serving our country, and I’m no different.  But let’s be honest here kids.  These WOD’s are hard as shit.  I’m still a novice at this Crossfit stuff, and half the time I look at the weight or reps and it just sort of makes me want to cry.

All that said, I participated in the Memorial Day Murph this year, and actually did the full workout (minus running with the weight vest.)  As the 31 Heroes workout drew closer, I knew that I was capable of physically doing it, and I knew that like all things Crossfit, there would be scaling for every level.

In the middle of the week last week a fellow Crossfitter posted on our facebook page that she was also terrified of heights and rope climbs, but still wanted to come to the workout and needed a partner.  That was that, I volunteered and signed up for the event.

I don’t really get nervous about WOD’s anymore, but going into Saturday, I was nervous about this one.  I knew I would have to scale the weight on the thrusters pretty significantly, but set a goal to do it as heavy as I could for the 31 minutes.  I also knew that it was really unlikely I was going to wake up no longer afraid of heights and scurry my bottom up that rope.  I would be doing rope pulls, and man was I relieved to see that I was by no means alone in that.

For those who don’t know, here is the 31 Heroes workout, along with the background on why we WOD for these brave soldiers.  (source: www.31heroes.com)

“31 Heroes”

AMRAP 31 minutes (As Many Reps As Possible)

8 Thrusters (155/105#)

6 Rope Climbs (15 ft. ascent)

11 Box Jumps (30/24″)

This is a Partner WOD – Partner #1 will perform the work listed above. Partner #2 will run 400m with a sandbag (45/25). Once Partner #2 returns from the run, Partner #1 will grab the sandbag and begin their 400m, while Partner #2 continues work wherever #1 left off.

Score is your total # of reps

 

Super-awesome-girl-coach.  Told ya she is super awesome.
Super-awesome-girl-coach. Told ya she is super awesome.

This WOD was created specifically to honor the 30 men and one dog that gave their lives for our country on August 6, 2011. It is 31 minutes long—one minute in remembrance of each hero. The rep scheme is 8-6-11—the date of their ultimate sacrifice. Finally, this is a partner WOD. The men who gave their lives were from multiple branches of our military, working together as a team.  In the workout you and your team member will constantly be taking the load from each other providing much needed support and relief. We realize that no physical sacrifice made during a workout can come close to the sacrifice our brave heroes made, but we consider this WOD a CrossFitters “moment of silence.” This is how we can honor those that gave all in the name of freedom.

 

We all met at the box at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  As per usual, it was a big group, and everyone was excited.  Pervy-but-we-love-him-anyway coach said a few words, and then turned it over to fellow Crossfitter affectionately known here as Lickable-Abs to get us pumped up.  Both of those bastards about made me cry with their pep talks.

One thing that Lickable-Abs said that stuck with me for the whole workout is that we “get to go home after this, they don’t.”  Powerful stuff.

After that, 3-2-1 and we were off.  I started running and my partner, we’ll call her Rainbow-Brite (she had some awesome socks), started with the Thrusters.  In our twosome, we were running with a 25 lbs slam ball rather than a sandbag, and that was a challenge in and of itself.

Getting my thruster on.
Getting my thruster on.

In truth, the WOD is kind of a blur.  The whole time I was running/waddling/trying not to die the 400m I kept thinking I had to hurry my butt up because my partner shouldn’t have to do all the “work.”  Then when I was in the box and she was running, I kept thinking that I needed to keep moving and get our reps up.  I ended up doing the rope pulls, using 53 lbs on the thrusters, and doing a combo of box jumps and step ups.  Near the end, I had to do the thrusters in sets of 2, and I totally face planted on one of the box jumps.  I think it’s safe to say, I gave this WOD my all.

I was in the box for the last minute and a half of the workout.  When the clock ran out I had just completed my last box jump in a set, bringing our score to 8 rounds even for the WODRainbow-Brite was still running, and as much as I wanted to collapse, I wanted to bring my partner home even more.

I started walking in the direction she would come from, and before long saw her rounding the corner, STILL RUNNING with that damn 25 lbs slam ball.  I don’t even remember what I said, but I know there was a lot of yelling and hooting and hollering, and bringing her home.

THEN we collapsed.

It was an awesome WOD.  I was both humbled and honored to be able to participate in this event, and kept thinking that I needed to do whatever movement I was doing, because I could.  These 31 brave souls can’t any longer, so those of us who are left do it for them.

To all who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I will say it again and again, thank you.  You are loved.  And my God you are missed.

8.2.2013

I think the more times I allow myself to sleep thru the 6 a.m. class the harder it’s becoming to get my butt to the box.  I actually took two days off this week (Wednesday and Thursday) and slept through my alarm again this morning.

While I think it’s possible that my body actually did need the rest, I didn’t want to miss three days in a row, so I decided to subject myself to the 12 noon class.

In Florida.

Outside.

At noon.

Dude, they say that the 6 a.m.ers are a different breed… I’m sorry but these noon kids are just crazy.

And I love them.

Warm Up:  A mix up of the usual.  My on-ramp coach was the one coaching today.  I feel like I haven’t seen him in ages, and it turns out he felt the same way.  It was kinda cool to have the dude who knew me when I couldn’t do a single push up and was struggling with the 33 lbs bar coach me through this grueling workout today.

And I totally made him blush.  Within like, the first 5 minutes.  So my day is truly complete.

SWOD: Deadlift 5×4
1×10 warm up @33
2×5 warm up @83
1×4@103
1×4@ 123
1×2 @ 133- too heavy
3×4@ 123

So first off, I have to say YAY!  Usually, I hate deadlift.  Ever since I hurt my back I’m super scared to do it.  We did 1 RM testing one week ago today and I could only pull 143 off the ground and it felt like literally everything I had.  Here, a week later, I was doing only 20 lbs less than that for sets of 4.

It gave me a lot of confidence that the coach was watching me closely and kept an eye on my form.  He corrected my initial pull, I get all set and then bend my elbows to give myself some “oomph” I guess, but it compromises my form.  We fixed it, and it felt good.

I also got to watch lickable-abs and the-monster deadlift and holy crap these guys are impressive.  They were both pulling over 400 lbs off the ground.   That’s like, two and a half of me.  Jeebs.

WOD: 4 RFT
Run 400
Row 500

Time:  Who freaking knows?  I didn’t die.  Therefore I won.

Ok, this was a really hard WOD for me.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really a runner.  I don’t mind doing it, but I am SLOW.  Like, 12 minute miles are fast for me slow.  So WOD’s like this with a lot of running are really really challenging.  I actually really like rowing, and was super happy to see that I got my row time down quite a bit in this WOD.  At one point I was rowing a pretty consistent 2:07 and today I kept it around a 2:14 or so, which wasn’t too far off pace.

All of that said, holy crap there are some awesome people at my box.  I came in from running my last lap and everyone but myself and one other woman in class were completely done with the WOD.

Usually this means the coach and one or two people would cheer me on, but I swear to you, it felt like the entire class was yelling for me to push harder.  The-monster even jogged the last 100 with me and hopped on the rower next to me and kept saying things like, “don’t get beat by an old dude” as I was leaving it all on the floor.

Lickable-abs-guy was over my shoulder the whole time, and of course the coach was pushing my pace.

I really did almost puke.

When I finally got to the end, I rolled off the rower (no way I was standing up) and curled up in the fetal position.  I accepted all the high fives I could get, and as silly as it sounds, I took a minute to marvel at the fact that a group of people who I rarely workout with took the time to push me that hard.

It.  Was.  Awesome.

I love Crossfit.  Not a huge van of vomiting though.  Glad it didn’t come to that.

 

1 part sloth, 2 parts Rich Froning?

It makes me angry that I’m not fit enough to do everything I want to do.  If I had unlimited energy and didn’t have to worry about my body recovering, I would Crossfit 5 days a week, and ride my bike at least 4.  I would train for a half marathon and put in 60+ miles a week running, and for good measure would also swim 3-4 times a week so that I could do a triathlon if the fancy ever struck me.

I would go paddle boarding every weekend, surfing at least once a month, and rock climbing whenever someone wanted to come with me.

Not sure when I would sleep or crap, but those are totally not fun so they don’t really matter.

I’m sure you can see my dilemma.  Clearly, I’m not Rich Froning, therefore this level of activity is a bit out of my league.

Though I should take a moment to say, if I woke up one day and WAS Rich Froning, I probably wouldn’t leave the house.  I would stare at myself shirtless in the mirror for hours, touching my abs and marveling at the fact I really could use them to wash clothes.  Just saying.

crossfit-rich-froning

I was commenting about all this to the hubs last night (ok, so maybe I was whining), and he just started laughing at me.  I was a little miffed, but I had to know just what exactly he thought was so funny.

In the end, he was marveling that I was peeved that I can’t be MORE active.  We’ve known each other a long time, and “athletic” was never a word he would use to describe me.  But lately, lately it seems that I can’t get enough activity.  Every time I Crossfit, I talk about the next class or workout and how much I want to do XYZ.  Every time I ride I come home planning my next trip out because I have so much fun.

I’m stronger, faster and fitter than I’ve ever been before, and it makes me want more.

So much more that I get cranky when I can’t have it.

That’s a big change kids.  HUGE.  I used to only feel that way about sex and cupcakes.

So rather than crab about what I can’t do because I’m sore and tired and need rest, I’m going to try to focus on the mere fact that I want to do all of it.  Because that is one heck of an improvement.

7.17.2013

Let me begin by saying, pervy-but-we-love-him-anyway coach is a seriously sadistic bastard.   But, as his nickname suggests, we love him anyway.  So here’s today’s report.

Warm Up:  The new fancy yoga one I posted about yesterday.

It’s still not fantastic.  I think if I covered my entire body with chalk on the front end there’s a chance I wouldn’t be slipping all over the floor by the end.  Maybe.  Probably not.

WOD:
Run 400
10 Toes to Bar
10 Kettlebell SDHP

Run 800
20 Toes to Bar
20 Kettlebell SDHP

Run 1200
30 Toes to Bar
30 Kettlebell SDHP

Time: 29:20 with knees to boobs and 25lb KB

This was rough.  Day 11 of Whole 30 = NO giddyup.  None.  Whatsoever.  Running the two warm up laps was a challenge, so I knew this was going to be a hard WOD.  When I saw it last night I started mentally pep talking myself right away, as I knew I would just have to pace myself, chip away at it, and get it done.

It was worse than I expected, but I really surprised myself.  I didn’t quit.  And I was able to string together my arguable excuse for toes to bar in sets of no less than 5.  Grip strength improving.

I ended up walking a lot of the 1200.  I didn’t love that, but my promise to myself became “run until you get tunnel vision and then you can walk again.”  During my first lap of the 1200 a classmate (sorry, I don’t actually remember who it was so no fun nickname here… feel free to identify yourself and I’ll edit.) ran by and asked how I was doing.  I growled something along the lines of, “I might die but I’m going to finish this workout.”

And finish it I did.

I was literally dead last by probably a solid 5-7 minutes.  In the end, I had the ENTIRE 6 a.m. class around me, shouting at me, cheering for me, urging me to finish.

I really felt like I was going to vomit.  Like, really really felt like I was going to vomit.  I even yelled at one point that I needed a break or I was going to vomit.

Pervy-but-we-love-him-anyway coach retorted, “Fine, then vomit.  But if you’re not puking your high pulling.  Now PICK UP THAT KETTLEBELL.”

So I did.   I can honestly say I’ve never been as happy to be done with anything as I was with this WOD.  I didn’t puke, but only because I seriously didn’t want to toss my cookies in front of 20 cheering onlookers.

Yes, I’m that vain.

So thanks guys.  See you again tomorrow.